Friday, May 6, 2005
Page 2 Quickie: May 5, 2005
The Lead Item
Two Words For You:
Yesterday's memo? Apparently, the Yankees got it:
Here's how bad it is:
George Steinbrenner has way better odds of winning the Kentucky Derby
with his horse, Bellamy Road (5-2 favorite after Wednesday's post
...Than winning the World Series with his baseball team "Bellyache
Woes" (11-17 duds after yesterday's 11-8 loss to Tampa).
For once-a-year pony fans (and all-year-round baseball fans),
the Boss and his horse offer an intriguing racing/MLB mash-up
Do you root against Bellamy Road, a loss that only compounds
the nationwide Steinbrenner-related schadenfreud?
Or do you actually root FOR Bellamy, a win that more than
anything emphasizes the sorry state of Steinbrenner's human
The horse may lose, but the continued losses of the horses'
petards in New York will be far more likely to result in "glue"
Spurs Bounce Nuggs
It was kind of a sweep: Four straight wins is
four straight wins, and Game 1 has been exorcised as a wild
Up next: "Phoenix Lite." Seattle plays a mercurial,
jump-shooting style all the rage with the kids these days. (Season
As for the Nuggets, they have played with nothing to lose since
Karl took over; they exit with nothing but huge expectations for
Wiz Edge Bulls
There is a special circle of fan hell reserved for
supporters of the persistently mediocre.
There is rarely Red Sox Nation-like "Hope" -- only peeks at the
prospects at the back of the NBA Draft Lottery.
For Wizards fans, last night's 4th-quarter collapse was a game they
had come, over the last quarter-century, to expect the team to choke
Instead: Arenas! With Game 6 in D.C. on Friday, Wiz fans join peers
from the rest of the league in finally embracing Hope.
Oh, just end it already:
Celtics (2) at Pacers (3):
Rivers defends Walker... yes, but will he PLAY him? Meanwhile, if
Tinsley plays like he did Tuesday, it's over.
Mavericks (3) at Rockets (2):
Are Houston fans clever enough to come up with a made-for-TV chant in
support of Van Gundy?
Buss on P-Jax
Hiring not a lock: From Buss' own mouth, it sounded
like he was willing to re-hire Phil Jackson, but the biggest question
is Jackson's own willingness to return.
Expectations management: One of Phil's strongest skills. All
the more reason he would avoid the Lakers (where "great expectations"
include a title) and head right for the Knicks (great expectations =
Perhaps taking its cue from the Syracuse Orange (nee
Orangemen), Marquette announced it is morphing its nickname from the
Golden Eagles to just "the Gold."
"The Bling," would have been more relevant (if purely aspirational)
for today's college student, but I understand the limited shelf life
and the interest in at least some connection to the previous
See the Big 5 for the top 5 "color-only" D1 college nicknames, and
have your say about it in today's poll (bottom left).